Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The funds were used to purchase 700 Stretch and Scratch scratchers for our shelter cats.
This grant helped us provide enrichment items for 700 cats that otherwise we would not have had the funding to purchase. Scratchers are very much appreciated by our cats and kittens, as having one gives them the opportunity to display their normal behaviors in the shelter environment. This, in turn, reduces their stress levels and improves their overall health and wellbeing.
Cherub is a 6-year-old tabby domestic shorthair who was abandoned by her previous owners in an apartment when they moved out. Cherub stayed in our shelter for nearly a month waiting for her forever home, and a Stretch and Scratch scratcher allowed her to be much more comfortable. Cherub was adopted on July 27, after a 26-day wait. Her scratcher was sent home with her, and it will help her adjust to her new surroundings by giving her something familiar with her scent on it.
Without the funding from the Petfinder Foundation, Cherub and 699 other cats who have been or will be in our shelter wouldn’t have the enrichment value of a scratcher.
This money went directly to pay for surgical services needed for Abu, the dog with multiple broken legs that we wrote about in our grant request.
This grant helped bridge the gap between what we needed to pay and what we had fundraised. This is by far the most expensive surgery we have ever agreed to cover. This grant made helping Abu possible.
One very special dog: Abu
We received a call one June morning from one of the rural municipal shelters that we support in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. They had picked up a dog on Friday who had been hit by a car and could not use his front legs. They brought the dog to their emergency vet to keep him comfortable while they tried to track down his owner. They could not locate one. They contacted AARF and asked if we could assist the dog. We arranged for the pickup of Abu, as he was so lovingly named by the ER vet, and transported him to one of our orthopedic veterinarians.
X-rays revealed that his right front leg was a mess. He had a dislocated elbow, a fracture of the radius, a fracture of the ulna and an infected wound. His left front leg had a severe fracture of the elbow. Three surgeries later, all of these issues were corrected and we were given a $4,500 bill. Our supporters on Facebook really stepped up, and we raised more than $3,000 towards his care.
The Petfinder Foundation bridged the gap between our fundraising efforts and the amount we needed to cover his initial bills. Knowing his bills would be covered, we could then fully focus on his recovery versus worrying about how we would raise the funds needed to pay for his surgeries.
Abu is a goofy boy — he loves his life and it’s as if he knows he was given a second chance at it. He is always happy and always ready to offer love to anyone who will accept it. While Abu is not yet ready for adoption, we expect that, after his Aug. 1 appointment, we will continue to get good news on how he is healing and get an estimated date on when he will be able to start looking for his forever home.
Tennessee summers are hot and sticky. Abu and his foster mom are both pleased that part of his recovery is water therapy! The last two photos show him enjoying that part of his recovery!
Additional medical care of pets in need
Provided much-needed medical care and needed surgeries
Paige came into the shelter with an injured and severely painful eye. With this grant’s help, we were able to perform an enuclation surgery to remove her painful eye. She is now a happy, thriving puppy looking for her forever home! Meet Paige here.
It was designated for one of our longtime shelter residents, Sweet Pea.
Sweet Pea is a “hit by car” kitty with spinal injuries that cause her to be incontinent. When we express her bladder about three times each day, she gets treats. This grant will be used to ensure that Sweet Pea is never without the treats she enjoys so much.
Sweet Pea was relinquished to MEOW Cat Rescue from a hoarding situation in which her humans hardly knew her, and certainly hadn’t observed that she had been badly injured by a car and also had a raging infection after having given birth to a litter of kittens. The fact that she survived is a miracle in itself. She has been with us for more than four years and has won the hearts of shelter staff, volunteers and visitors. She is silly and sweet, and such an athlete! We’d love for her to have a home of her own one day, but if that ever happens it will be such a bittersweet day for all of us who would miss her. Meet Sweet Pea here.
To pay for Doc the dog’s care: food, supplies, etc.
Every donation helps us to take care of the dogs and cats in our care.
Doc hasn’t been adopted yet, but he enjoys at least two walks a day with loving staff and/or volunteers. From his Petfinder profile: “Sweet, amazing Doc is a wonderful dog. He loves to fetch all day long. He loves to play in the pond and hang out in the sun and snow. He does not require a lot of exercise, though he does enjoy going for walks and playing with toys. He also enjoys being brushed and will lick your face the whole time you are pampering him! Doc will want you to share your bed at night, but would also be happy with a big comfortable dog bed (or your couch!) Doc should have a large outside area to chase a ball and hang out, as that is what he is happiest doing. Fun fact: He can carry three tennis balls in his mouth at once! Doc will be best in a home where he is the only dog, and he should also not live with cats. While he enjoys the company of other dogs, he prefers to not have to share his space or toys them. He loves meeting new people, and people love to meet him. He has done great with both men and women, and even children. Doc is house-trained and is a lovely gentleman on the leash.” Meet Doc here.
The generous gifts donated through Sponsor-A-Pet are used to cover the general care of each animal while they are with us before finding a forever home.
This grant helped the animals at our facility by helping cover the cost of their general care before going home with their new families.
This grant helped sponsor Logi, a sweet boy who recently went to his foster-to-adopt home! Logi now has a Samoyed sister named Raptor and they LOVE each other. His new parents are extremely patient and excited for the adventure. We are so happy for Logi and his family!
This grant was used to purchase interactive toys for our dogs.
This opportunity gave us more ways to stimulate our dogs and keep them happy and healthy while in our care! With many interactive toys, such as Jolly Balls and treat-dispensing toys, we have been able to continue improving our enrichment standards. Our pups were extremely happy to receive toys that encourage them to think and figure out how to work around the toy.
700 (so far, about 200, but we anticipate this for a year)
Gabby was brought to PAWS on June 4, 2019, weighing only 21.8 lbs. After she was examined by our veterinarian, it was concluded that Gabby should weigh between 45-50 lbs. Unfortunately, due to severe neglect, Gabby refused to eat for several days. Our staff had to administer several medications, fluids, and calorie supplements for many weeks.
We are happy to say that Gabby went to a transport partner just this week (July 22) weighing 40 lbs.! During her stay, Gabby LOVED the Jolly Balls and treat-dispensing toys! To see the look on her face, and on our staffers’ faces when we witnessed her play for the first time, was priceless. Thank you for such an amazing opportunity to give back to our pups!
The first picture is of her at intake; the second is the morning of her being loaded to find her forever home!
The grant money was used for Choly’s medical care.
Putting the grant money towards Choly’s medical expenses helped us help other animals in need.
Choly, a bloodhound and Anatolian shepherd mix, had a torn ligament in his knee which required numerous vet visits, x-rays, and medications. After we got his health stable and he was feeling better, he was adopted! From his Petfinder profile: “Choly is a mix whose owner could not take care of him. He is a large boy and, at only 7 months, probably has some more growing to do. He is very attentive and would love to bond with someone! As you can see, he is extremely good-looking, but it’s his personality and character that will win you over! He knows his basic commands and is a strong young man who is looking for a confident owner, preferably with experience with large breeds.”
Specifically donated to help with the medical costs for a dog named Benji.
This grant helped us pay for some expenses with our veterinarian.
Benji is a true love of a dog. He was adopted about two weeks after we pulled him out of a storm one night. Here is his story: As we often do, we got a call about two dogs on a local street running from house to house in a storm, terrified and drenched. Our foster home, Donna, answered the call, went out and met the finder, scanned the dogs and traced the chip in Benji’s running buddy to a family eight houses down the street. When we walked them home (still raining), we learned that the owners wanted their chipped dog back, but didn’t want Benji, as he was climbing he fence and digging their other dog out. So Benji went home with us!
He was covered with fleas and hot spots, too thin, and skittish of men, but otherwise gentle and loving. Over the next few days, we had him fully vetted, including neuter and microchip, heartworm test, and all vaccines and deworming. We also treated his skin issues. Our average cost to vet and care for a generally healthy male dog until he can be adopted is around $200. That doesn’t include the many volunteer hours our fabulous foster homes provide.
Benji is one of more than 50 pets we rescued in June and we very much appreciate the grant to help with Benji and others. Benji now lives with a family with children and another dog, whom he ADORES, in South Georgia!
Purchased enrichment items that were added to the community rooms Gizzy and Mystik reside in with other cats. We added baskets for hiding places.
Provided items that enrich the cats’ lives and contribute to a low-stress environment while they are waiting for adoption. We have purchased baskets that are made for knitting supplies, but they work great as hiding boxes for the cats.
Gizzy, whom we estimated to be one year old, and her 4-week-old kitten, Mystik, were brought to us as strays in September 2018. Gizzy was caught in a live trap in a corn field. She has beautiful green eyes. She is easygoing and friendly. She likes to help the volunteers when they are scooping litter boxes or doing any other task. She is our little four-legged helper. Gizzy likes to be petted and will rub against everyone who enters the room. She gets along with all the other cats that live in her community room. Meet Gizzy here.